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RGS choir raises the roof at Exeter Cathedral

 

Last Wednesday saw host to a special Reigatian Gathering in Exeter, the latest in our series of Regional Gatherings.  An event thoroughly enjoyed by all who came.

It began with a splendid tea, across the green from the Cathedral, at ‘Tea on the Green’ with enormous, soft scones and lashings of cream and jam. Alumni and their spouses from the 1940s, 50s, 60s and 70s meet to chat, share stories (competing on how long they stood outside the former headmaster’s study waiting for punishments!) and to pour over old photos from bygone years brought from the School by Caroline Donald, Reigatian Community Officer.

We crossed the green to Exeter Cathedral to take our seats for Evensong at 5.30pm, where the Godfrey Searle Choir and Polyphony Choir delivered a highly competent and well-rehearsed service lead by The Very Reverend Jonathan Greener, Dean of Exeter Cathedral (RGS 1972 – 79) – who specially donned his School Captain badge on his cassock for the occasion. For many of the choir members, this was their first evensong. They truly raised the roof with note-perfect psalms, and were magnificent performing unaccompanied and in such formidable surroundings. The choir impressed all of the local residents, alumni, parents, students and teachers. Following the service everyone enjoyed a drinks reception in the Cathedral and the opportunity to catch up.

With huge thanks to Jonathan and his staff for hosting us at the cathedral, all the choir and the RGS Music Department for making the arrangements for the Cathedral tour.

The RGS community continues to show its ability to connect people both socially and professionally. We have seen huge success in the RGS network helping people arrange jobs, accommodation, get local advice and new business connections. It is also a great opportunity to reconnect and reminisce over school days at RGS, and catch up on all the exciting school developments. Do get in touch if you would like to get more involved, see a gathering near you or offer any help.

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